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“A place with historical value”

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
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Maori Hangi Dinner and Concert at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
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5.5-Hour Bay of Islands Shore Excursion from Waitangi Wharf
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Paihia
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Owner description: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori in February 1840. Set on a stunning site overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is an absolute must-see for all visitors to the North, international and New Zealanders alike. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house and the the world's largest single-hulled canoe (waka). Guided tours and cultural performances run at regular intervals throughout the day. Open daily except Christmas.
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide Kaz was hilarious, with a dry sense of humour. If you're doing the tour, keep in mind that you won't be taken inside the House of Assembly during the tour, so if you're keen to go inside, don't do the tour around midday. My group's tour ended just as the performance group locked the House for their preparation, and I had to leave for my boat, so didn't get the chance to go in. Noooo. At least there are photos of the inside of the House online.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

I did find it fascinating how the history of the treaty is presented, the museum is great, and I enjoyed the cultural performance in the Meeting House, better than another one I saw, though they are all very similar in what they do. However our guide was boring and seemed to talk a lot without saying anything. They provided speaker phone things so you could hear him if you were at the back of the crowd, but their range was very short and kept cutting out.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

This is an absolute must do! It takes a long time to go round if you want to see everything properly. A fascinating story behind the highly contentious Waitangi treaty that takes you from the early colonisation by French and the British, up until present day. The museum is fascinating. The tours are excellent, the guides were super knowledgable. The film is excellent. The Maori cultural display is brilliant and a must do if you have had little exposure to Maōri culture.
Take a decent amount of time out to go round this place. It is totally worth it!

Thank Alistair J
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds were very interesting. We learnt a lot about New Zealand history, well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We did a guided tour + the show. The show was nice but tour was poor. Book early or atleast enquire their opening and closing times. They sometimes (like ok weekends ) close early. If you ate not keen about the history of NZ, or if you r not fond of history, I would recommend not to visit unless you want to get bored.

Thank MANAS K
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Waitangi T, Manager at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Kia ora and thanks for your feedback. Just a correction to your comment about our hours - we do not close early at any time, our hours are 9am to 5pm all year, except from 26 December to 28 February when we are open until 6pm.

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